What are people's top five biggest regrets (academically, socially, etc.) of freshman year? What would your best words of advice be for a freshman?

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1. Not joining an extracurricular activity sooner- after joining an extracurricular activity, I ended up with a really good group of friends, to the point that I might be going to grad school with one of them!
2. Keeping to myself and not talking to people in my class- no wonder I was so lonely!
3. Suppressing who I really am in order to impress others- be yourself. If people don't like the real you, that's their problem, not yours! When you are yourself, your friends will love you for you, not for some false image you portray.
4. Caring too much about what others think- this goes with the last one. I was way too concerned with what other people thought about me.
5. Spending too much time on social media.
1) Saying no too much, I lost out on a lot of events and opportunities because of it. 2) Not doing enough units my first quarter - I had way too much free time that I didn't do anything with3) Not getting a job right away. Getting a job not only gave me money, but it also taught me valuable skills about time management and financing. 4) Staying on campus or in my room. I wish I had gone out more weekends and explored the area. 5) Not adding on any extracurriculars. What was I doing freshman year? I have no idea. To any incoming freshmen, I would definitely recommend saying yes. It may be uncomfortable to go out with other freshman just for the sake of exploring, but they may end up being your good friends in the future. At the same time, don't slack off. You're at school for school, too, so don't put too much emphasis on building the 'perfect' social life.
1) Not standing up to my roommates when they would keep me up every night and I had 8ams to get to the next morning
2) Not watching what I ate and gaining the freshman 15 (not a myth)
3) Not going to office hours! There were a few classes where I was so overwhelmed and looking back, I have no idea why I didn't just go to office hours. I think I was scared of the professors
4) Caring too much about how I looked. It's college, you can roll up in pjs if you want! I didn't take advantage of this until senior year really, and I wish I had started sooner.
5) Not exploring and taking advantage of the surrounding city early on
I have many regrets of freshman year, but here are the five that really strike me the most.(1) not forcing myself to go to social events(2) being overly concerned about gaining the freshman 15(3) not getting to know people in different Greek organizations and other organizations(4) judging a book by its cover(5) pursuing a degree that did not cater to my strengthsMy best piece of advice to incoming freshmen is to go outside of their comfort zone and immersing themselves into everything that their university has to offer. Take an easier course load first semester so that you have the opportunity to have a well-rounded college experience.
My biggest regret of freshman year was definitely focusing too much on school and not enough on making friends and finding a niche. Sure, my grades were pretty good, but I had absolutely no friends. I holed myself up in my dorm room and studied pretty much every weekend. And if I wasn't studying, I was working or with my family. I think if I could go back and do it again, I would try to have some more fun.
One thing that I did freshman year that I regret a little bit is hanging out with people just because they were around me. In the dorms, it's easy to waste a lot of time with people just because they're close by. Many of the friendships I had freshman year didn't last too long after because we didn't actually have very much in common. Of course, that doesn't mean that they were bad friends! I just wish that I would have sought out friends that had similar interests to me earlier on.

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